Six portraits of artist Nancy Breslin
Nancy Breslin is a fine art photographer and writer who lives and works in Washington, DC. After spending a decade as an academic psychiatrist she left medicine to pursue a second career as an artist. She completed an MFA at the University of Delaware and received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2003 and 2008. She has taught photography part-time at the University of Delaware and the Corcoran College of Art & Design and in 2012-2013 was a visiting artist at Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library.
Postcard for two of Nancy Breslin's shows in 2013She has had solo shows at the Mezzanine Gallery, Agilent Technologies Corporate Headquarters, Colourworks, and the Grand Opera House (Wilmington, Delaware); the Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, Virginia); the Saint Joseph's University Gallery (Philadelphia); B'nai B'rith International (Washington, DC), and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (Frederick, Maryland). She has also had two-person exhibitions at the Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover, Delaware), the Chris White Gallery (Wilmington, Delaware), the Elkton Station Gallery (Elkton, Maryland) and San Antonio College.
Her work has been published in a number of books, including, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James (second edition), and Anthotypes: Explore the Darkroom in your Garden, by Malin Fabbri. You can read an interview with her by Erin Malone in Issue #3 of the online journal Without Lenses. Eleven images are "showcased" in issue 15 of Light Leaks (a print journal of "low fidelity photography"), pages 46 - 49 (fall, 2009). Ten images from her Amenities series are published in the summer 2011 Square Magazine and three are in the book Play: Toy Camera Photographers for Tots, published in December, 2011. Recent articles about her pinhole camera work can be seen at GW Today (2015) and at The SandPaper (2018). One of her toy camera images was selected from over 60,000 as a finalist in the Smithsonian Magazine 2011 photo contest. This website ( was featured in the December 2012 issue of Shutterbug (pages 28 and 30) and one of her gum over cyanotype prints illustrates an article on alternative processes in the November 2013 issue of Professional Photographer magazine. The fall 2015 issue of GW Magazine features a story on her work and the Washington Post reviewed a show she was in, called Absence/Presence, saying "The other participant who occupies a category of her own is Nancy Breslin... In her pictures, even the present are absent.".
Nancy Breslin's photography has been seen in over 70 group shows, including exhibits at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the NJ Center for Visual Arts, the Maryland Federation of Art, Nexus Gallery and Viridian Artists Gallery (NYC), and Historic Yellow Springs (PA). Her videos have been shown in Wilmington and Dover (Delaware), Washington, DC and San Antonio (Texas). See exhibitions for more information on where her work has been on view.
40 minute pinhole photo of the reception for Nancy's solo show at Colourworks, Wilmington, DE, in 2010.